Uniquely beautiful with black lacquer boards and a mother-of-pearl design, this book, "The Christian Keepsake - A Christmas and New Year's Gift" is a small volume of stories and poems edited by Mrs. It is c1850 as they were poplar holiday gifts in the mid-1800's. It contains six images - illumination before title page, five lithographs, it was published by Leavitt and Allen of New York. Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791 - 1865), was an American poet during the early and mid-19. Prior to her marriage she had set up a school for girls but in 1819 she married Charles Sigourney, and after her marriage chose to write anonymously in her "leisure" time.When her parents were in dire need and her husband had lost some of his former affluence she then began to write as an occupation. When she was referred to as the probable author of the anonymous Letters to Young Ladies, By a Lady she admitted authorship and began to write openly as Mrs. Since her death, her writings largely have been forgotten but when Sigourney gave up her anonymity for good, she became the most widely known "authoress" and "poetess" in America at that time.
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